|An edited version of the letter Carole sent to her mother in 2005|
Times were almost unbelievably different when when Carole was born in 1948. Mrs Pickering had an affair, when she was 19, with a Croatian exile, but he went away. She didn't realise she was pregnant right up to the birth. She said "One night I got this pain in my tummy. I thought babies had to be cut out of you but all of a sudden this baby dropped out." She carried the baby into her mother and said, "Mum, I think I've had a baby."
As happened back in the 1940s, though Mrs Pickering wanted to keep her baby, Carole ended up being adopted. Single mothers were somewhat frowned upon.
And now we come to the coincidences.
|Freda in bus uniform|
The conductor on the bus was none other than her birth mother - Freda Pickering!
For seven years Carole travelled to and from school on the bus her mother worked on, neither of them knowing who the other was.
Mrs Davies said, "I had no idea the lady who checked my bus pass twice a day was my mum. It came as a complete shock when we began talking about our past and my school life, and that was mentioned."
Carole and Freda now have a typical mother and daughter relationship, talking regularly on the phone and meeting up.
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